We made it this time. The Valverde era is over, the time has come for Quique Setien at FC Barcelona. The coach was presented to the press on Tuesday and has already made a promise: to bring back the good game
at Camp Nou.
"You all saw that I had a personality. Here, I arrive in a team that has played well for years, there is little to change, "said Setién, ex-coach of Real Betis where he became known for his licked game, possession-based. "My only promise is that my team will play well," he said, when it was precisely a lack of creative ambition that his predecessor Valverde was criticized for.
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"His way of training is the one that Barça likes: he is looking for the ball, he always pays attention to form, and we come together on that," said club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. "Setién's contract runs until July 2022, but since there are elections next year, he has a clause that says the new president-elect can change trainers," said Bartomeu.
Less than five minutes to accept Barça's offer
Unimaginable "even in (s) es the best dreams", rejoices the new trainer blaugrana: "yesterday I was walking among the cows in my village, and today I train the best players in one of the biggest teams in the world" , struggled to realize Setién, who said he had taken "less than five minutes" to accept the offer.
The 61-year-old technician, born in Santander, was inducted by Bartomeu and Barça sports director Eric Abidal Tuesday at Camp Nou, a few hours after officially signing his contract. The club had formalized his arrival at the same time as the dismissal of Valverde, Monday evening.
"I spoke with the players. Their predispositions are incredible. There will be no difficulty in maintaining the level of requirement, to avoid the matches escaping us like that of the other day ", he underlined in reference to the elimination of Barça 3-2 against the 'Atlético Madrid Thursday in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup.